8th June 2016

Uni and market trading places

Market Lectures, part of the year-long Radar project Market Town, is a new commission by design collective Something & Son involving Loughborough market vendors and University lecturers trading places. 

Something & Son have devised a project that playfully explores the relationships between Loughborough’s market and the University. Over three days in April a number of unique events will take place, the regular day-to-day activity of these two institutions will be, temporarily, disrupted. A symbolic structure, designed with the capacity to function as both market stall and small lecture theatre will be the centrepiece of the events taking place at the University campus and town centre marketplace. The structure, fabricated by a local specialist, will be used as a place for the trade of goods as well as knowledge. 

Wednesday 27 April

Loughborough University hosts independent market traders for a special, first of its kind, market on campus. Join us for refreshments at the official opening by Vice Chancellor Robert Allison, together with Mayor John Capleton - 9.30am. Then have a browse through the market, including traders with fruit, vegetables, eggs, cheese, organic meats, luxury home baking, handmade jewellery, reclaimed wooden items, leather goods and cosmetics. 

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April
Loughborough town market hosts a series of University lectures, taking place on and around the Market Lectures stall, coinciding with the town’s market days. If you'd like to join one of the lectures, please book your place online. See below for more information on the programme and booking links. 


9am – 10am 
Towards Ash-Wednesday by Dr. Oliver Tearle

Lecturer in English

After T. S. Eliot's conversion to Christianity in 1927, his poetry found a new direction, and this is what Dr. Oliver Tearle will consider in his seminar. Dr. Tearle will be focusing particularly on T. S. Eliot's 1927 poem 'Journey of the Magi', which he wrote shortly after his conversion, and his 1930 poem 'Ash-Wednesday'. (This is a student seminar session) 

11am – 12pm
Making Mischief in Public by Antoinette Burchill 

Phd School of the Arts 

Antoinette has performed at street arts festivals across the UK: from Derby Festé, to Bath’s Bedlam Fair, to Kendal Mintfest, to a Banquet Tour of Cumbria. In her lecture Antoinette will talk about how she developed The Wizard of Oz as a walkabout street performance, and the tactics she uses to create a theatre on the street where none really exists. She states there is a delight in performing to a street audience who is expectant – waiting around for you to do something interesting, but there is more mischief to be made by guerrilla street performances. By seeking out, and then surprising an unsuspecting audience. 

1pm – 2pm
Art, Activism and Alternative Institutions by Dr. Vlad Morariu & Jaakko Karhunen 

AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow and Co-Researcher & Phd Research Student

1968 was the year in which there was a worldwide escalation of social conflicts, predominantly characterized by popular rebellions against military and bureaucratic elites. When thinking of this year, many will remember the French workers and students organizing the general strikes and university and factory occupations, or the invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact troops. But what is the significance of 1968 for Britain? Dr. Vlad Morariu and Jaakko Karhunen will explore a chain of events in Britain ranging from the founding of the London Anti-University and its connections to the (anti)psychiatric institution of Kingsley Hall, to the art school occupations that happened in a number of art schools across the UK. The lecture explores the particular intersection between philosophy, psychiatry and art practices and theory and their influence in shaping the anti-establishment thrust of 1968 in Britain, and questions their role in shaping the contemporary intellectual, political and cultural public sphere.

3pm - 4pm
The home: an energy machine for comfortable living? by Kate Simpson & Vicki Tink 

Phd Civil and Building Engineering

“A house is a machine for living in”. (Le Corbusier, 1923) 

The home is ideally a comfortable, cosy place in which people feel safe and able to create precious memories with family or loved ones, right? Physical comfort is likely provided by a mechanical heat source and stored within the outer shell. What happens when we adjust the thermodynamics of the shell or adjust the efficiency of the mechanical heat source? How does this even take place? Is it invasive? How do people respond to changes in surface temperature and air velocity? An exploration of perceptions of comfort combined with empirical measurements to create a story of life within the machine called home.


9 – 10am
The Role of Rapid Diagnostics In Humanity's 'War Against Bugs' by Dr. Sourav Ghosh

Lecturer in Healthcare Engineering

Rapid diagnosis of infections for early onset of appropriate treatment is essential to save lives and limit antimicrobial resistance. The state-of-the-art diagnostics is unable to address this need. This talk presents the importance of rapid diagnostics, the fundamental challenges in realising them in practice, and the innovations and cross-disciplinary skills required to address these challenges. It will also discuss the role of Loughborough University in bringing together global expertise from academia, industry and clinic to fight what is arguably the greatest threat to humanity. (This is a student seminar session)

11am – 12pm
What makes a successful career? by Professor John Arnold 

Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business and Economics

Everywhere you look these days there’s an emphasis on success, with a lot of envy of those who appear to have more of it than we do. Luckily, success is a very flexible concept. Applying it to our working lives, in this session Prof. Arnold will explore with the audience different ways of thinking about success in a career. He will also use academic research to consider how (and whether) we can increase our chances of achieving the kind of career success we want. This will be applicable to any working life, not just high status jobs with prospects.   

No Laughing Matter? The History and Science of Laughter? by Dr. Tim Miles

Lecturer in Drama

Why do we laugh? It is, when you think about it, an extraordinary thing to do. Our stomach muscles tense, we make strange sounds, start crying, and maybe even lose control of our bowels.  And all because someone has fallen over in the office.  Laughing is usually pleasurable but being tickled can be almost torture. We laugh when we are nervous or afraid, or want to feel part of a group, or to have people like us. Laughter is very odd, and very human. The talk will consider historical explanations of laughter, from seeing it as a sign of the presence of the devil to a form of mental illness, touching on the ideas of Kant, Nietzsche, Freud and others, to more recent discoveries in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. What happens when rats are tickled? Will computers ever be funny? How may laughter fit into out earliest developments of language?  Discover all this, and more!

Dare we care? How we might make child mortality a thing of the past? by Dr. David Roberts

Senior Lecturer of Peace and Conflict Studies

Every year, nearly 6 million infants die before they reach the age of 5 – the most vulnerable of our species. Doctors say proximate cause of death is mostly avoidable, so why do these epic fatalities occur? Dr. Roberts will discuss this philosophically, emotionally, politically, economically and in terms of global power structures that determine who lives and who dies. This might help us to see how easy child mortality is to fix, not by extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, but by ordinary people creating extraordinary outcomes.


July 2018

New public art commission

July 2018

New public art commission

Loughborough University is inviting proposals from an artist to design a new public artwork which will act as a gateway feature for a new hall of residence at the University.

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January 2018

Artist Lecture Programme

January 2018

Artist Lecture Programme

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December 2017


December 2017


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September 2017

Market Town shortlisted for award

September 2017

Market Town shortlisted for award

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Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK


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